STREETSBORO, OH – October 5, 2009 – Automated Packaging Systems, the world leader in high-reliability bag packaging systems, has introduced the SidePouch® FAS SPrint Revolution™ Bagging System. The FAS SPrint Revolution presents a conveyor of pre-opened bags that are ready for immediate loading from a 60 inch wide workspace. The loading speed is fully adjustable to optimize productivity for one or more operators or infeeds. The system operates in continuous, intermittent or batch modes, and cycles on pre-set parameters or by using a foot switch.

This system is fast; packaging at speeds up to 150 bags per minute.
 
The FAS SPrint Revolution has been specifically designed for use in food packaging applications where it is in contact with moisture, oils, chemicals and foods in areas that require daily washdown procedures. Its stainless steel construction and 90 degree tilting load area make the FAS SPrint Revolution easy to clean. This rugged system rests on casters for mobility on the production floor and incorporates corrosion-resistant materials and NEMA 4X electronics protection to ensure safe and reliable operation.

This new bag packaging system is ergonomically designed so an operator can stand in front of a horizontal row of pre-opened bags that are moving along a variable speed conveyor. A new, larger pass-through area of six inches allows a wide range of bulk and portion pack food items to be easily loaded, including frozen meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and snack foods. A washdown-compatible imprinter is available for inline printing of barcodes and date codes.
The FAS SPrint Revolution includes an automated wide-band sealing operation that provides complete control over time, temperature and pressure for high-integrity seals that are airtight. The sealing operation is fully automatic and continuous at the end of the loading area. Once sealed, bags can be dispensed into a container or transported via conveyor to a separate loading area for bulk packaging. The sealer has been specifically designed for fast and easy maintenance.

This high-productivity bag packaging system is engineered with an integrated Allen-Bradley® control package for the highest reliability in motion control drives, motors, PLC, and HMI. The AutoTouch™ Control Software displays on-board system diagnostics, real time productivity data, and stores job setup parameters for up to 25 jobs for fast recall. Product changeovers are fast and easy with the new FAS SPrint Revolution.

Automated Packaging Systems also manufactures genuine SidePouch bags, which are available in a wide range of sizes and with a variety of special features, such as reclosable zippers, resealable flaps, reinforced headers, easy-open perforations, and tamper-evident seals. These system-matched bags come in several different materials that can be pre-printed with high-resolution graphics in up to 10 colors, text and barcodes – making them ideal for retail and wholesale food applications.

About Automated Packaging
Automated Packaging Systems has been designing and manufacturing original Autobag®, AirPouch® and SidePouch® systems and products for more than 40 years. With more than 25,000 packaging systems in operation and a national service organization, Automated Packaging Systems has the experience and support to deliver the ultimate in customer satisfaction. Automated Packaging Systems offers a complete line of baggers, void-fill systems, thermal transfer imprinters, counters, scales, and specialty packaging materials. Complete information is available at the company’s web site www.autobag.com
 
Allen-Bradley is a registered trademark of Rockwell Automation, Inc.


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